It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Band Camp 2020 has been cancelled. As quickly as we received approval, we also raised many concerns. After speaking with the BBOP Executive Officers last evening, the directors & BBOP made a mutual decision to cancel camp due to safety concerns. We tried to put all the safety protocols in place as recommended by the CDC and Ohio Music Education Association, however many members felt that camp as proposed would not be safe for all students, staff or chaperones. As always, our number one concern is the safety of our students. With all the uncertainties that still exist surrounding COVID, we have to make sound decisions. We don’t take this decision lightly. We have discussed this issue with all stakeholders and we all agree that this is the best decision for our students, staff and community considering the situation. We would rather err on the side of caution then to see someone get sick or someone pass on the virus to someone else. As for the future of the band program, we don’t know what it will look like come fall, but know that this too shall pass. I personally have experienced thirty eight years of band camp without a hitch. This is the first time in my career that I can’t do the thing that I love because of this pandemic. Please note that this was not an easy decision to make. After a thorough discussion, it was a decision we had to make.
One thing is for sure, we appreciate all of you as members of our organization. Whether you are a student musician, a parent, a staff member or a community member, you are all of value to our program. We will miss the social/emotional piece that band provides us, but we hope to someday get back to it. As for now, take time to spend time with family and friends and take care of one another. We can’t wait to see all of you when this virus train passes, but until then know that we wish you the best. Stay safe. We will be in touch. Stay tuned for the next chapter.
BCSD Music Coordinator
“You’ve Got To Love The Grind” – Coach Calipari
As you all know our annual awards banquet had to be cancelled due to the virus situation. We didn’t want the seniors and the rest of the students to miss out so we had the day videotapes. Below are the links for the video and the program that would have been distributed.
2020 Award Program
2020 Award Video
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DON’T FORGET! Tuesday, February 4th is the Parent meeting for 8th grade & new member parents in the Heskett band room. We don’t want to say this meeting is “mandatory” but it would greatly benefit you to attend.
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All-Star Band Finale Concert
Sat Jan 11th 7:30pm – 9:00pmCartwright Hall, Hilltop Dr, Kent, OH 44240, USA map
Hear the 180 high school participants of our annual honor band weekend!
Blue Band | Directed by Dr. Kate Ferguson
- The Star Spangled Banner-John Stafford Smith
- La Bamba de Veracruz-Terig Tucci
- Song for Lyndsey-Andrew Boysen
- Meridian-Ola Gjeilo
- Lassus Trombone-Henry Filmore
Gold Band | Directed by Dr. Wendy K. Matthews
- Fanfare and Flourishes-James Curnow
- Homeward Bound-arr. Karrick
- Vesuvius-Frank Ticheli
- Alamo March-King/arr. Swearingen
- Star Wars Saga-John Williams/arr. Stephen Bulla
Free and open to the public. Cartwright Hall is at 650 Hilltop Dr. on the Kent Campus. Parking is free.
This year, Jennifer Shauf’s class wants to raise $10,000.
AdoptAClassroom.org is a nonprofit organization that helps raise funds for classrooms including new instruments.
Bedford Band and Orchestra students are working on amazing things, and you can contribute.
About my class
I teach a variety of classes at both the middle and high school in our district. Our students are diverse both racially and socioeconomically. Our high school ensembles are student driven; I teach a leadership seminar to our student leaders every summer during our band camp. We have amazing kids and parents who work extremely hard to make our program function. Our band parents have diligently fundraised the past five years to replace ancient raincoats for our students last year. Our students willingly give back to our community. In the past year our students have read books, talked about the importance of school, assisted beginning band students and performed in our elementary schools. We perform in an area nursing home on Veteran’s Day for a pinning ceremony for residents. We returned there this year to perform some Christmas carols on our instruments. Additionally, we support our community every Memorial Day during our parade and ceremonies. Our mission statement written by our students reads as follows: WE, THE BEDFORD BEARCAT BAND, ARE A PROUD ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO WILLINGLY SERVE THE COMMUNITY WITH OUR SPIRIT AND PASSION FOR MUSIC. WE WILL SET A TREND OF EXCELLENCE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND LEAVE A LEGACY ON AND OFF THE FIELD. We are looking to grow the size of our organization, but need to increase our instrument inventory in order to do so.
What we need
Many of our instruments are in fair condition and are in constant need of repair. A strong ensemble requires a solid foundation. This foundation begins with the low brass section. We would like to continue to add instruments to our low brass section, so that as we start students at the elementary level, we have enough quality instruments for our students to perform on to represent our community. We need tubas, baritones and trombones. We appreciate your support.